2014 prius Clicking noise while braking and turning. Something else than axle?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by Polylemon, Feb 16, 2021.

  1. Polylemon

    Polylemon New Member

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    So I've been having a clicking noise while braking at low speeds while slightly or fully turning the car. I've read many similar posts here regarding this, and even on youtube, the average answer to clicking while turning in cars relates to axles.

    I gave a quick look to the wheel area and didn't see anything like a loose boot or leakage. I bought this car used with 91k, and Carvana has a 4k basic warranty, but I also got an extended 125k.

    Now I took it to one of their in-network service shops and it was a Pepboys. I took the car in today and just got off the phone with them. They said they did not find anything bad with the suspension components and that they think it's the transmission. I don't know how it could be the transmission. I have not heard any loud noises or felt hard vibrations or grinding from acceleration, I have driven so far 1.3k miles.

    As other posts relating to this clicking issue, the noise goes away while on neutral, and actually I have noticed it goes away while not braking at all, maybe it does have something to do with the hybrid braking system or transmission as they say.

    So here is a TLDR: Car makes clicking noise in front left area while braking at low speeds ?(15-ish miles and below) ONLY while turning the wheel slightly or sharply. Clicking noise goes away while putting the car on Neutral or letting go the brakes (Did this a couple times, not enough times though.). Pepboys says suspension components are good and they point fingers at the transmission.

    Now I really don't know if part of this inspection includes things like the axle, or what exactly they inspect, or maybe a lazy technician, I don't know. I don't feel like they did a thorough check, they could've called me to do a different kind of inspection if it including things like the axle, idk.

    I've read many posts relating to this issue concluding the culprit is mainly the axle. So now me getting the news it can be a transmission issue as they say is scaring me.

    Here is a video of guarantee replication of the noise in worst scenario, and clicking at its loudest while slowing down on tight curves downhill.

     
  2. Grit

    Grit Senior Member

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